Sunday, October 29, 2006

Socktoberfest 2006 Socks

I finished my socks for Socktoberfest. They are a basic sock pattern, but they are my first pair knitted on Magic Loop. I knitted top down, with heel stitch heels and German round toes. The yarn is Patons Kroy, Winter Eclipse colorway.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Knitted Jumper

I knitted this jumper from TLC Wiggle last summer for my dgd. It is now cold enough to wear it. The pattern was in the Family Circle knitting magazine, I think. It nice to have someone who is so enthusiastic about my knitting!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Mini Cosleeper Cover

My dd is going to be using a mini cosleeper that attaches to the parents' bed for the new baby girl who is on the way. The full-size cosleepers come with a cover, but the minis are a fabric that is supposed to be surface washable. We decided it needed a cover that was totally washable to protect against accidents. I studied the design of the covers from internet pictures, and my daughter found a reversible quilted fabric that coordinates with her bedroom and still looks girly. It is short so that all the nifty storage pockets and compartments can be available.
I added one more elasticized pocket at mom's request to hold an extra pacifier or two for a middle-of-the-night emergency. The long flap in the front will come up over the side if it is raised to use as a regular bassinet; otherwise, it will be sandwiched between the parents' bed and the cosleeper. I wanted to make big fluffy bows on the tie-ons, but I stuck with the recommended 7-inches of ribbon that are supposed to be safe, Of course, I also prewashed the fabric, giving the quilted roses a lovely antique quality. The fabric came from Joann's, and I used Wrights quilt binding and double-fold wide bias tape.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

A Short Report

Socks for Soldiers--slow but steady progress on first sock
Socktoberfest 2006--Almost to toe on first sock.
Mason/Dixon baby kimono--Need more yarn for second front, will pick it up on Sunday from dd's house.
Branching Out--finished skein, only to discover scarf was very short. It seems Silky Tweed, which I was using, has fewer yards per skein than Silky Wool. Fortunately, the retailer has more of the same dyelot, so I'm waiting for it to come in.
Organization--bought a worm binder with a rather attractive polar bear on the outside at Academy. I also got extra bags for the inside. I have sorted all my circular needles and labeled each bag with the American and metric size. There are also a few extra bags for my knitting tools.

I am laundering my special "spirit socks" for school tomorrow. Some of the boys on the team always want to know if I am wearing them. One of them even insisted that I not wear them on the Friday that we didn't have a game--he didn't want to waste them. Considering that some of these students had reputations for being difficult to handle in the past, this pair of socks may be the best investment I have ever made in a knitting project!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Definition of a "Good" Long Weekend

--Spending quiet times with DH--always a pleasure, even after 28+ years.
--Long visits with both grown children and their spouses and/or children.
--DD and DDIL are both pregnant and doing well. One morning spent going through stored baby items with DD while DGD played all around us
--Rain (In the Texas Panhandle it's always a source for celebration. Falling asleep to the sound of rain on the roof is a particular blessing.)
--I finally learned how to follow a lace chart. Admittedly, it is for Branching Out, a fairly simple pattern. Part of the problem I had been having was seeing the distinctions between K and SSK and K2tog. I went over those with a red pen--English teachers always have one of those handy--and it helped. I also put my chart on a magnetic stand that was not made for that purpose. It is a portable stand for Magnetic Poetry. I even used words from Shakespeare to hold the pattern up and sticky notes to keep my place. DD, a technical writer, referred to my setup as "multitasking."
--turning my first heel and doing the gusset on Magic Loop
--a new paperback romance by Judith McNaught to read in a bubble bath.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Poncho blocked and fringed

The poncho fits fine after the blocking. Here is the finished item. I know it is a very simple pattern, but it's just what I need for my purposes.

I have also been working off and on on Branching Out in a gray-blue Silky Wool. I have had to frog a couple of times, but I've been careful to put in frequent lifelines, so I've rescued most of my work. It's row seven of the pattern that keeps getting to me. I've been working from the written directions, not from the chart. I need to remedy that, since part of my purpose in doing this project is to learn to knit from a chart. Here's a picture of my progress to date.

No one would be able to guess that my favorite color is blue. . . .

I am still knitting on the BBS for Socks for Soldiers, and I have a pair of Kroy socks on needles for myself from the Winter Eclipse colorway. After knitting with finer weights of sock yarn, I am not particularly enjoying these, but I like the color, and I think they will go with the poncho and some other items in my wardrobe.